The city of Vancouver has approved designating (to include banners) a stretch of Kingsway (between Fraser St. and Nanaimo St.) as Little Saigon without adequate public consultation. Canadian Vietnamese have made a significant contribution to the city of Vancouver and this contribution should be recognized, but to impose this initiative upon the residents of Cedar Cottage without proper discourse is inappropriate. Cedar Cottage is an inclusive community with a rich history and a diverse cultural base. Kingsway itself dates back to before the arrival of the Europeans, when it was used as a trail by the First Nations. Since then it has seen beneficial waves of influence from many immigrants, to include German homesteaders, Chinese, Cambodians, Philipinos and Vietnamese to name a few. The motion to implement this change is regressive in nature and excludes many of the groups who now call Cedar Cottage home.
Commercial Drive as branded simply as "The Drive", where cultural groups can still celebrate their own communities through events such as the annual "Italian Day on the Drive", is an example that should be followed. Could not "Cedar Cottage" itself be the appropriate designation?
Record your name to protest the re-designation of this area and its subsequent lack of appropriate public consultation.
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